Examples of surveillance in Britain:
* Information stored about foreign travel.
* Software that analyses spending habits and the data sold to businesses. When we call service centres or apply for loans, insurance or mortgages, how quickly we are served and what we are offered can depend on what we spend, where we live and who we are.
* Taps on telephones, e-mails and internet use that can screened for key words and phrases by British and US intelligence services.
* The national DNA database holds profiles on about 3.5 million people.
* There are an estimated 4.2 million CCTV cameras in Britain: one for every 14 people.
* More than half of the UK population posseses a loyalty card issued by the firm that operates the Nectar scheme.
* Since 2002 there have been more than 8 million criminal records checks for jobs, of which around 400,000 contained convictions or police intelligence information.
* There are plans to expand capacity to read vehicle number plates from 35 million reads per day to 50 million by 2008.
* Some 216 catalogue companies in the UK are signed up to the Abacus data-sharing consortium, with information on 26 million individuals.
* The database of fingerprints contains nearly 6 million sets of prints.
* An individual can be captured on more than 300 cameras each day.
* By the end of 2002 law enforcement bodies had made more than 400,000 requests for data from mobile network operators.
* The number of motorists caught by speed cameras rose from 300,000 in 1996 to over 2 million in 2004.
* In the year to April 2005 some 631 adults and 5,751 juveniles were electronically tagged.